Lea's Chemistry of Cement and Concrete

Lea's Chemistry of Cement and Concrete

5th Edition - March 6, 2019

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  • Editors: Peter Hewlett, Martin Liska
  • eBook ISBN: 9780081007952
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780081007730

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Lea's Chemistry of Cement and Concrete, Fifth Edition, examines the suitability and durability of different types of cements and concretes, their manufacturing techniques and the role that aggregates and additives play in achieving concrete's full potential of delivering a high-quality, long-lasting, competitive and sustainable product.

Key Features

  • Provides a 60% revision over the fourth edition last published in 2004
  • Includes updated chapters that represent the latest technological advances in the industry, including, but not exclusive to the production of low-energy cements, cement admixtures and concrete aggregates
  • Presents expanded coverage of the suitability and durability of materials aggregates and additives


Civil Engineering Researchers and Designers and Structural Engineers

Table of Contents

  • 1. The History of Calcareous Cements
    2. Portland Cement: Classification and Manufacture
    3. Cement Components and Their Phase Relations
    4. The Constitution and Specification of Portland Cements
    5. The Burning of Portland Cement
    6. Hydration, Setting and Hardening of Portland Cement
    7. Resistance of Concrete to Destructive Agencies
    8. Physiochemical and Mechanical Properties of Portland Cements
    9. The Production of Low-Energy Cements
    10. Pozzolana and Pozzoianic Cements
    11. Cements Made from Blastfurnace Slag
    12. Microsilica as an Addition
    13. Calcium Aluminate Cements
    14. Special Cements
    15. Cement Admixtures
    16. Concrete Aggregates

Product details

  • No. of pages: 896
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Butterworth-Heinemann 2019
  • Published: March 6, 2019
  • Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
  • eBook ISBN: 9780081007952
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780081007730

About the Editors

Peter Hewlett

Peter C. Hewlett is a chartered chemist and scientist turned materials scientist. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, Institute of Concrete Technology and the U.K. Concrete Society. He combines commercial research in the construction materials sector with academe and has done so for over 50 years. He has lectured and published extensively and has several patents. He has held a visiting industrial professorship at the University of Dundee for over 30 years and has an honorary Doctor of Laws degree (Honoris Causa) for work on concrete durability and surface characteristics. He holds the U.K. Concrete Society Gold medal (2006) and is Chairman of the Editorial Board of the Magazine of Concrete Research. A past President of the U.K. Concrete Society and Institute of Concrete Technology. He spent some 25 years as researcher and Director of Cementation Research Ltd before joining the British Board of Agrement as Chief Executive Officer in 1988 dealing with innovative construction products. Past president of the European Union of Agrement and the European Organisation for Technical Approvals. He was Editor and an author of the 4th edition of Lea’s book and is co-editor of the 5th edition.

Affiliations and Expertise

Director, British Board of Agreement, UK, and Honorary Visiting Industrial Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Dundee, UK

Martin Liska

Dr Martin Liska graduated at VSB Technical University of Ostrava, Czech Republic with an MSc in Mineral Resources. He obtained a PhD degree in the Department of Engineering at the University of Cambridge, where he studied the fundamental properties and applications of reactive magnesia cements. Martin then continued at the same institution as a Post-Doctoral Research Associate to study novel cementitious binders, their fundamental and engineering properties in a number of geotechnical and geo-environmental applications. He then moved into the construction industry to work closely with Professor Peter Hewlett at the David Ball Group, as Research and Development Manager, on alternative binder concrete systems based on alkali-activation. This fruitful collaboration has resulted in a patented technology which is being currently exploited commercially. Martin currently works as Research and Development Manager at Sika UK. He is responsible for the development and deployment of admixtures for concrete and a broad range of cementitious and hybrid systems, addressing fundamental as well as engineering performance, economics and sustainability criteria. Martin is the author/co-author of 29 scientific publications and 4 patents. He is a member of the Technical and Educational Committee of the Institute of Concrete Technology and is a Board member of the Magazine of Concrete Research.

Affiliations and Expertise

Research and Development Manager, Sika UK

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  • Francisco J. Fri Aug 19 2022

    If you really want to know about cement and concrete get this book!

    Lea's chemistry of cement and concrete 5th edition comes with entirely new chapters and a more detailed explanation for the cement section. Very happy with this new edition. Keep it up!

  • CEMENTOS B. Thu Jan 16 2020

    Calcium Aluminate Cements (CAC)

    Includes a new comprehensive and detailed revision of the Calcium Aluminate Cements chapter with new diagrams, figures and photos.

  • BartHendrix Mon May 27 2019

    Well documented work on cement chemistry

    Lea's is by far the most well-known overview of cement en concrete chemistry. I waited for the fifth edition to be available for the last insights to be incorporated and I must say: it's worth the wait.